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Am I PARANOID, Or WHAT?

My lovely sister sent out a group email recently, touting an interview she saw with a medical doctor.  In the interview, he lauds the growth of cellular telephone technology as it relates to medicine.

Some pretty remarkable stuff, too!  The interview is a few minutes.  Watch:

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However two things occurred to me.  One.  THIS is the sawbones that got the ball rolling on the VIOXX ban – a medication which was working well for me, but was banned by the government three weeks after it was prescribed for me!

Two.  Many of the methods he uses with his IPhone sound WONDERFUL!  Resulting in less expensive, more correct diagnoses, better, closer doctor/patient relationships.

So, what’s my problem?

WHO has been wholesale hacking cell phones and their data?

There seems to be a big push to make mental health medical records available with regard to government ‘permission’ to exercise one’s Second Amendment rights.  Do you really trust the same government who has been surveilling you, your cell phone habits, your computer use, your telephone calls, Email and snail mail etc., to have access to your private medical records – now made more efficient via new technology – and either share it illegally OR perhaps alter it enough to magically change you into a prohibited possessor?

From the same folks who determined if you are a veteran, and your wife does the finances you are incompetent and must give up gun ownership…

Seriously?

Government ‘Help’, Yet, Again

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According to new reports, the NSA may be intercepting electronics, including laptops and computers purchased online, to install spyware and other malware before the devices are delivered.

A new report from Der Spiegel about the National Security Agency’s top team of hackers says that the agency is intercepting electronics purchased online to install malware and spyware on them before final delivery to the consumer.

I almost put my ironic Captain Renault ‘Shocked’ logo here, but, its becoming both sad and redundant.

Who’s watching the watchers, when they are watching us?  And WHY are they watching us?

The saddest part of this post is I’m no longer shocked, or fearful.  I’m just disappointed and angry. – Guffaw

h/t Preserve Freedom

A Change in the FBI’s Mission

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Excerpted from Foreign Policy: The FBI’s creeping advance into the world of counterterrorism is nothing new. But quietly and without notice, the agency has finally decided to make it official in one of its organizational fact sheets. Instead of declaring “law enforcement” as its “primary function,” as it has for years, the FBI fact sheet now lists “national security” as its chief mission. The changes largely reflect the FBI reforms put in place after September 11, 2001, which some have criticized for de-prioritizing law enforcement activities. Regardless, with the 9/11 attacks more than a decade in the past, the timing of the edits is baffling some FBI-watchers.

“What happened in the last year that changed?” asked Kel McClanahan, a Washington-based national security lawyer.

Visit Pat Dollard to see the entire story.

And from the same government that brought you the above…

ATF Falsifies Gun-Tracking Data to Mislead Public

Just When You Though It Was Safe (Redux)

…ANYWHERE!  To make a call, or…

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NSA can hack WiFi devices from eight miles away (video)

How The NSA Hacks Your iPhone (Presenting DROPOUT JEEP)

It’s getting so a guy can’t make a private telephone call, anymore!  ANYWHERE!  OR…

I used to LIKE United States Intelligence.  You remember, the guys on our side who struggled to get information from the guys on their side to keep us safe?  J. Edgar Hoover, Allen Dulles, Some Anonymous NSA Generals…

Except, they found out it was easier to spy on us to keep us “safe” than to spy on the other guys!

Of course, finding where Bin Laden was or info on the Arab terrorists who bombed us mostly didn’t require them spying on us.  Or so we thought.

And then there’s always…

The NSA Is Watching You Masturbate Right Now

Wanna get off the grid?  Right now?

I do…

Even if I’m just making a call.

h/t SMBC, Zerohedge, Engadget

Happy New Year! – President Signs NDAA 2014! We Continue To Get…

(insert euphemism for sexual insertion HERE)…and without having ever been kissed!

The House and Senate quietly passed it AGAIN, then The President signed it, AGAIN!

Not only is Gitmo not closed, but indefinite detention of American Citizens for ‘National Security’ purposes continues to be authorized!

AND…

The 2014 NDAA also includes a new provision that appears to bolster the national security surveillance state. Section 1071(a) authorizes the Defense Department to “establish a center to be known as the ‘Conflict Records Research Center’.” Using the dangerously broad terms now typical of national security policy parlance, the Conflict Records Research Center enables the DoD to compile a “digital research database including translations and to facilitate research and analysis of records captured from countries, organizations, and individuals, now or once hostile to the United States.” Who gets to be a surveillance target — the specific remit of “now or once hostile” — is troublingly ill-defined and unrestricted.

Quelle surprise.

h/t Sipsey Street Irregulars, Salon

“Der Speichel, Bitte!”

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…and MORE!

Remember “Papiere, bitte!”, the “Papers, please!”, ‘lauded’ in song and story?

Well, the government has taken it to the next level.  Your spit and blood!

“Der Speichel, Bitte!  (Your Spit, Please!)

From an email I received:

Dear (Guffaw),

Drivers in at least 60 U.S. communities have been pulled over at checkpoints and coerced into providing saliva swabs and blood samples.

The controversial program started in Fort Worth, Texas, and was first reported in November 2013. It has now been rolled out to towns and cities across the country, most recently in Reading, Pennsylvania.

While it appears that the traffic stops are being conducted by local police, they are actually conducted by armed federal government contractors as part of a research program for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

And while the NHTSA claims the stops are completely voluntary, in practice they are not. As Kristin Tate reports…

>> Read more about the new Fourth Amendment violations here <<

Don’t be scared. Be prepared.

Regardless of the tone of this letter, I AM scared.  And ANGRY!

HOW DARE THEY!

Common Core

All but a few states have formally adopted Common Core, the state-driven campaign to improve educational outcomes for K-12 students by meeting common academic benchmarks, particularly in math and English. But the program has faced criticism across the spectrum. The basic flaw of Common Core, according to education policy expert and Independent Institute Research Fellow Vicki Alger, is that its standards are “weak, costly, politicized, and unconstitutional.” In recent pieces in The Beacon, she has focused on two problems with Common Core: the political overtones of some of its reading recommendations, and the program’s threat to student and family privacy.

Common Core reading recommendations, Alger contends, include material that is pro-Obamacare and pro-union; an example of the latter was woven into the civics curriculum for third graders. But Common Core even politicizes math standards. Stanford mathematics professor James Milgram, who served as a member of the Common Core validation committee, complains that scholastic rigor was “compromised for the sake of political buy-in.” The academic content of Common Core is a major worry, but not the only cause for concern.

Alger notes that civil libertarians are increasingly anxious about Common Core’s threat to student and family privacy. Under a law called FERPA—the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act—private contractors, consultants, and other non-government personnel may become privy to data about a student’s family income, religion, student disciplinary records, and parents’ political affiliations. Last month, Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.) pressed U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to explain why, in at least one state, student Social Security numbers were given to a private data collection company. But “as interesting as any official response would be, there is still no legitimate, much less Constitutional, reason for the federal government to be spying on American citizens or their children,” Alger concludes.

Shocker: Common Core Is about Politics, Not Academic Standards,

More on Common Core: It’s about Snooping, Not Standards

Twelfth Grader Schools School Board over Common Core National Standards

I remember the seeds of this being planted in MY Fourth Grade (1961-62).  Along with a universal dumbing down.  Spelling words in my Eighth Grade were the same as in my THIRD!  And my Fifth Grade teacher (of whom I was very fond) pooh-poohing The Second Amendment in our Bill of Rights studies.

As the bumper sticker states:  If You Can Read This, Thank A Teacher.  If you can support the proletariat’s battle over the bourgeoisie, thank a Common Core Teacher!

THIS JUST IN – Common Core architect aligned with The President and Bill Ayers.

cap renault “I’m shocked, Shocked!”

h/t Brock Townsend, Free North Carolina, EAG News

We’re NOT going to take your guns!”

N.Y.P.D. has begun sending out the following form letter to registered legal owners of (now illegal, under NY State law) firearms.

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AND, there is a push in Congress for the passage of a ‘general warrants’ measure, to make it easier to search homes of legal gun owners to determine if there firearms are ‘stored safely’. (as they already do in Massachusetts!, unwarranted…)

These ‘general warrants’ were proposed by the N.S.A.(!), for the express purpose of (legitimizing actions already taken in) bulk (telephone) data collection.  You know, to keep us ‘safe’.

WASHINGTON — THE framers of the Constitution declared that government officials had no power to seize the records of individual Americans without evidence of wrongdoing, and they embedded this principle in the Fourth Amendment. The bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records — so-called metadata — by the National Security Agency is, in our view, a clear case of a general warrant that violates the spirit of the framers’ intentions. This intrusive program was authorized under a secret legal process by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, so for years American citizens did not have the knowledge needed to challenge the infringement of their privacy rights. (NYT Opinion Pages, November 25, 3013)

…Each of these proposals represents real and meaningful reform, which we believe would have fulfilled the purpose of protecting our security and liberty. Each was rejected by the committee, in some cases by a single vote. (IBID)  (emphasis Guffaw)

Nothing was mentioned about limiting governmental power of these proposed ‘safety’ measures to just wiretapping.

How many times in recorded history have governments given power back to the people, after having first usurped it?  I’ll give you a hint – NONE, without benefit of revolution.

I could probably list about 75 ‘safety’ measures taken by the government ‘for our benefit’ since ‘Dan Cooper’ hijacked a plane for ransom on my birthday in 1971, beginning the steady erosion of THE RIGHTS OF THE INDIVIDUAL CITIZEN.  But what would be the point?

I’m pretty certain most of my readers tend to agree with me on liberty issues, or they wouldn’t be my readers.  So, I’m preaching to the choir, yet again.

Do YOU see a pattern here?  I f’n DO!

h/t Random Nuclear Strikes

“Ve haf vays of making you drife!’

Or at least monitoring you some more while you do…

The Silicon Graybeard shares with us a story of a (Soviet Russian) immigrant makes ‘good’.

Or at least brings lessons from the High Presidium.

You know the story going around that gubmints want to put black boxes on cars, so they can tax by the mile?  Turns out the guy behind that used to work for the Moscow Metro Corporation, and was a transportation planner in the former USSR.  Imagine that.

Hasan Ikhrata, is now the Executive Director of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG).  A communist in California government?  Now, that’s really easy to imagine.

(source - apparently a greenie web site)  Why black boxes?  Drivers are using more fuel efficient cars, and driving them fewer miles, so the gas tax isn’t raising the revenues it once did.  Why not raise the gas taxes?  I’d think raising taxes on gas would tend to cut consumption.  Then, again, taxing driving would tend to limit that behavior.  It sounds like they want to limit driving, but still keep drivers in conventional cars.

NAW, THAT would never happen!

We defeated the communists, didn’t we?

“Nothing to see here. Move along.”

police camerasAlex Jones’ Info Wars shares with us about the following, straight from the (Phoenix) Mayor’s mouth.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton called a news conference Wednesday to suggest there was nothing otherworldly about a Police Department camera truck filming tailgaters at an Arizona State University football game over the weekend.

Councilman Sal DiCiccio, who was tailgating, took to his Facebook page and the media this week to express his outrage at seeing a Phoenix police truck that he said resembled alien craft from The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. DiCiccio said, “It’s just one more level of intrusion by the government looking into our personal lives.”

Apparently, Phoenix Police, with the assistance of Homeland Security (!), was filming tailgaters at an Arizona State University football game over the weekend.  In Tempe, where the University and stadium are located.

Not Phoenix.  Not Tempe (or ASU Police). And with the assistance of Homeland Security.  You know, those federal guys.

Our tax dollars at work, people.

Good thing they don’t look into our personal records, or cell phone conversations or emails, or financial transactions!

Oh, wait…

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